A Colorado mother says she has waited more than seven months to share the story of her then-10-year-old son, who had been arrested, placed in handcuffs, photographed for a mugshot and charged with a felony for aiming his toy gun at a passing car while pretending to be a video game character.
Stephanie Carpenter, a married mother-of-three from Fort Carson, broke her silence on Facebook last week, after her son Gavin's charge of felony menacing was finally expunged off of his record.
According to her post, which has since gone viral and made national headlines, on July 24, 2019, Gavin Carpenter and his friend, who are both enthusiasts of the popular video game Fortinte, were playing outside with toys weapons by pointing them at passing vehicles.
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This is the moment then-10-year-old Gavin Carpenter was led into the Colorado Springs Police Department in handcuffs to be charged wiht felony menacing after being arrested on July 24, 2019, for pointing a toy gun at a passng truck
Stephanie Carpenter, Gavin's mom (left), last week shared her son's story after the charge against the child (right) was finally expunged off of his record, seven months after his arrest
As Gavin, now aged 11, tells it in an interview with Fox21, he was armed with a Nerf gun equipped with an orange tip, while his friend had a Nerf crossbow; he said both toys were broken and incapable of shooting foam projectiles.
The boy said they pointed their orange-tipped gun and crossbow at five or 10 cars before they encountered an oncoming truck, whose driver slammed on the breaks and went in reverse.
Gavin and his friend ran inside a grandparent's home, where a Ring doorbell camera captured the furious truck driver's confrontation with the family.
'He came up and started getting very heated and was very mad,' Gavin told the station. 'I was at the time, very scared.'
The video shared with Fox 21 shows the man, dressed in a plaid shirt and a baseball hat, yelling, 'I don’t know what kind of gun it is. It was some kind of gun.'
Gavin says he and his friend, who are both Fortnite fans, were pretending to be characters in the popular video game by pointing an orange-tipped Nerf gun and a crossbow (similar to the once pictured above) at passing cars
A truck driver got mad at the boys, pulled over and followed Gavin and his friend to a grandparent's home, where a Ring doorbell camera captured him yelling about the toy gun and threatening to call the police
An adult inside the house asks the stranger to 'watch your mouth, please,' to which the driver responds, 'How about I call the f***ing cops?'
The driver made good on his threat and summoned deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, who proceeded to arrest Gavin and his friend.